The eight Ivy League schools are some of the most selective colleges in the United States, and they also rank among the country's top private universities . Each one of these universities has top-ranked academics and an award-winning faculty. The members of the Ivy League can also boast of beautiful and historic campuses. Click on the profile links below to learn more about each university including its costs, financial aid, and SAT/ACT data. If you're planning to apply to any of the Ivy League schools, be realistic about your chances of being admitted. Any university with single-digit acceptance rates should be consider a reach school , even if your grades and standardized test scores are on target for admission (Learn More: When a Match School is Really a Reach ).
It was at Providence’s predominantly Latino Central High School that Claudio, who would go on to be class valedictorian, decided he didn’t want a job in the fish factories where many of his friends’ parents worked. He believed he might actually escape the West End when he met Dakotah Rice, his coach on the debate team and an undergrad low-income student at Brown. They’d get together at a Burger King across from Central to talk about Claudio’s future and his chances of going to Brown. “He understood my background, and we’d talk for hours about how I could get in. He was like, ‘If I can do it, you can too,’ ” says Claudio. Now that he’s on campus, Claudio sees just how big a social gap exists between him and other students. It was easy to mistake other African-American and Latino students as coming from a similar socioeconomic background — but after striking up a conversation, Claudio was shocked to learn many were as moneyed as his white peers. At the first ice cream social, one student mentioned his dad was a lawyer and his mom a doctor, then asked Claudio what his parents did. When he told them his dad was a welder, the conversation ended awkwardly. Later in the semester, Claudio confided in a well-off friend that his mom was asking him for money to help pay bills. “I’m sorry,” the friend said, which made Claudio feel worse. He’s since stopped sharing his background so openly.